Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Chris Sprowls. The sharp 32-year-old state representative from Palm Harbor last week lined up enough commitments from fellow Republicans to become Florida speaker in 2020. He will likely be the first Pinellas County speaker since Democrat Peter Wallace two decades ago.
Loser of the week
The Florida House. Stop the madness — please! Florida House members, can't you do something to halt the absurd and distracting practice of picking future caucus leaders years before they've even proven their skill and/or sanity? The Florida Senate does this too, but at least its leaders tend not to be virtual unknowns when selected.